Here were perhaps the two best one-liners I saw on Twitter yesterday regarding Simon Pagenaud joining Team Penske, as his and Will Power’s rivalry from this year was brought up.
First, from Bob Varsha, who anchored three Verizon IndyCar Series races on NBCSN (Pocono, Toronto 1 and 2) this season:
Second, from Matt Archuleta, renowned as the IndyCar link-finding master:
The family bonding has already begun. Pagenaud, Power, Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya are all in New Jersey today at Verizon Wireless headquarters for Verizon day. Although Pagenaud’s wearing a Verizon Team Penske shirt, team president Tim Cindric said not to read anything into whether he will or won’t drive a Verizon-backed IndyCar this season.
While the Penske quartet is in New Jersey, the CFH Racing pair of Mike Conway and Josef Newgarden are off to Mid-Ohio, for their first test as teammates.
Conway has yet to decide whether he’ll be back for another partial season of IndyCar, but still, this gives the Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing teams their first chance to work together. It also provides Newgarden, who will test one of Conway’s backup cars, his first run with a Chevrolet engine.
Carpenter won’t be at the test, but instead is at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University, promoting ExtraLife4Kids.